Coronavirus Machu Picchu and Tourism in Peru

Coronavirus Machu Picchu and Tourism in Peru

11 May 2020

With the appearance of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) at the end of last year in China, Latin American countries showed different scenarios - in terms of coronavirus and tourism - as time passed and the virus spread to different parts of the world, leaving a negative impact on the sector's finances.


The tourism sector is one of those affected by the new coronavirus pandemic. In the following report of coronavirus and tourism, you will know the consequences and the proposals to face the crisis that affects thousands of workers.

The hotel and tourism sector will have to contribute in some way to tourists, to go online with corporate responsibility and gain followers as several organizations have already done worldwide. In this line, they can start by facilitating cancellations of vacation plans that are within their reach, reservations or saving them so that travelers do not lose money and feel supported. Discounts for those who -for some reason- lost investments will be another useful tool to show the solidarity of the sector.


Furthermore, the challenge is to design strategies that are being applied in the affected countries, which range from making cancellation policies more flexible, temporarily closing hotels, implementing regulations for the management of temporary jobs, handing over facilities to the health service, and even requesting public institutions that activate specific aid for the sector.


Tourism in Perú after Coronavirus



On March 16, a decree came into effect that suspended the entry of flights from Europe and Asia, as part of a series of measures adopted by President Martín Vizcarra to control the expansion of the coronavirus.


Among the main countries that send tourists to Peru are Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and the United States, among other countries.


When analyzing the case of Coronavirus and tourism in Perú, the country will have a giant challenge to regain lost ground. As estimated by the president of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), Carlos Canales, financial losses may be close to 100 million dollars, only in the cancellations of tourists from China and Europe. This figure will be much higher if the total losses due to cancellations of domestic tourism or countries such as the United States and Canada are added. Two other countries that contribute large numbers of visitors are France and Germany, which adds another impact for around 70 million dollars.


In the future, the specialist maintains that the revival of the sector will first go through the boost to domestic tourism. Although before, he estimated, a general economic recovery is necessary.


Human talent -especially managerial- must be up to the task of making strategic decisions; where they will be challenged to arm their teams with proactive people who will provide solutions to the hundreds of thousands of requests that they will surely receive during and after the crisis.


Tourists will want to resume their vacations, ask for returns or schedule a break after all the commotion that has been generated, so the agility of the processes will be vital to reactivate the sector.


With this situation, it is necessary to be more resilient than ever and see the opportunities that open up, which can be exploited with the in-depth analysis of everything that happened to tourism as a result of the Covid-19, for example, that insurance be offered to tourists for cancellations without cause, coverage in the event of border closures and even under parameters of atypical situations.


Although contagions to the region appeared this month, since January the interest of tourists to travel began to decline, hurting the industry since the beginning of the year.


With Machu Picchu empty, tourism is in intensive care in Peru.


The town of Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, the closest, where there are hotels, hostels and restaurants for tourists, remains in quarantine like the rest of the country, so its residents have had to resort to their savings due to the lack of income.


During this quarantine, the railway company PeruRail has suspended passenger service to Machu Picchu, declared in 2007 as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in a worldwide internet survey. Only two train services loaded with food now arrive in Aguas Calientes.


72 km from Machu Picchu is Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, which has also seen tourism collapse, one of the main sources of income for its inhabitants.


Also the Amazon

In the Peruvian Amazon the situation of Coronavirus and tourism in Perú is not better, as tour operators and hotel and restaurant workers suffer the effects of the cancellation of lodging packages and river crossings. The Loreto region, where the Amazon river is born, is one of the areas of Peru with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, after Lima and Lambayeque, although it is the least populated.


When will the recovery of tourism take place after the coronavirus?



The "normal" will begin to be different. When recovery occurs, between two and six months, the impact will finally pass. Once this is all over, people will travel again. However, we must now understand that the tourism industry will face a new post-COVID-19 reality in which all companies will compete for cautious travelers, we will probably enter some form of sustained economic recession and subtly driven by this crisis.


You have to overcome three phases

Maimi considers that there are three phases: a first sanitary phase, which must be overcome first, a second economic phase, which will be a consequence of the first. And this second economic phase will be very important in the third, which involves the recovery of tourism.


What will the recovery be like?

It will be necessary to rethink some aspects of current tourism, especially in terms of security and the number of people who travel.


The sector will be marked by more proximity trips and the use of individual transport


The way of traveling will change, there will be a more local industry.


The trips will have a rethink not only at the leisure level, but also in terms of business.


There will also be effects on many aspects of leisure related to this sector such as theme parks, concerts, discos ...


Check-in and airport queues that seem endless, delayed flights, stops that are like gymkhana or sitting on suitcases in a moment of exhaustion. And the scene that until a few months ago prevailed in many airports: it seemed that everyone was late, despite arriving hours in advance. Now we are no longer late to almost anywhere, nor do we know for sure when we will be able to set foot in those airports again.


The landscape of crystalline waters or of historical monuments that is part of the postcard of many of our summers has been blurred by the current situation with the coronavirus. We may be able to tour these places through literature or even take tours from our home.


Peru to launch campaign in July to revive tourism sector

The president of the National Chamber of Tourism of Peru (Canatur), Carlos Canales, announced that they are developing the sectoral guidelines in coordination with Promperú to launch a campaign in July of this year to reactivate tourism in the country.


He also indicated that the strategy is based on prices below 50%, and credit lines with rates between 5% and 6% for tourism companies would be added to these benefits.


The president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), Carlos Canales, stressed that prices will remain below 50% and credit lines at low rates.


Machu Picchu Ticket refund.


The Ministerio de Cultura sent a message to the all travelers that had the Machu Picchu tickets for this years.


At the moment, Its not refund to the Machu Picchu tickets, you can postpone your ticket for the next trip to Peru. The Ministry of Culture is closed today until to new notice.


If you want to Machu Picchu ticket refund, you will need to send an email to Once sent, you will need to wait the reply approx 45 days and you will need to details, why you can´t pospone your Machu Picchu tickets. 


The Ministerio del Cultura will refund your tickets without commission bank transfer.


Is Machu Picchu closing for the Coronavirus?

Yes, it is closed the Machu Picchu until to new notice. The Peruvian government closed the all tourist attraction of Peru for the protection of the travellers and visiting. Maybe its open the next month.

Inca Trail Coronavirus

The Inca Trail is close for the Coronavirus (Covid-19), This pandemic arrival to Peru and the Peruvian government closed the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail is the most important tourist attraction of the Peru.


This pandemic affect the Inca Trail trek and it was closed for the protection of the trekkers. but we hope to open this year for the start to hike in this most beautiful trail


How can I get the Inca Trail refund?

In this moment, there aren´t any Inca Trail refund. because the Ministry of Culture is closed. but its very important to contact with your tour operator and they can get a solution.

Its very important you undestands. usually all tour operator booked in advance the Inca Trail permits and now the Peruvian government can´t refund this tickets. but you can postpone your trip until to 2023. 





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